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In a follow-up to a story we posted earlier today, Conrad Murray has been officially charged with involuntary manslaughter and has entered a plea of not guilty.

The documents were filed in court today by the Los Angeles District Attorney, who alleges Murray “did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson." Those are haunting words just to read, aren't they?

Meanwhile, the county coroner released his official findings at the hearing and there's no doubt about it: a lethal dosage of Propofol killed the singer. Eleven vials of the drug were found in Jackson's home, and none of had prescription directions, patient or doctor names.

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According to the coroner's report, obtained by TMZ, homicide is cited as the cause of death because...

  1. The setting of Jackson's bedroom (e.g.  a chair alongside the bed) indicate the drugs were not self-administered.
  2. Propofol was injected in a non-hospital setting, without any appropriate medical indication.
  3. Suggested equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing and resuscitation were not present.

After the DA originally asked for bail to be set at $300,000, the judge set it at $75,000. He forced Murray to hand over his passport and decreed that the doctor cannot be in possession of, or prescribe, anesthetics.

If Murray is found guilty, he'll face a maximum of four years in prison.

Even if he's acquitted of these criminal charges, the family can sue Murray for millions, according to Bill Newkirk, a lawyer who specializes inmedical malpractice.

"This is absolutely a slam-dunk malpractice case simply because of the alleged use of propofol. If the drug was indeed in his system, no competent doctor could justify why it was used. You can bet the Jackson family will be filing a civil claim soon against any doctors implicated in Jackson's medical care."

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Michael Irvin has been accused of rape.

The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver is at the center of a civil lawsuit filed this week in Broward Circuit Court, as first reported by The Miami Herald.

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An anonymous woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in the documents, claims Irvin sexually assaulted her in 2007 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

She says the attack took place late on July 4 or early on July 5; and details an evening that started with Irvin buying her alcohol and then taking her to his hotel room, where the Hall of Famer allegedly raped her and another man forced her to perform oral sex.

The lawsuit also claims Irvin's brother, Derrick Irvin, "assisted in covering the sexual assault and rape up."

Irvin's lawyer, Larry Friedman, refers to the accusations as "totally untrue."

Local police were informed of the alleged incident on July 20, 2007 and spokesman Gary Bitner told the newspaper:

"They investigated it thoroughly. Although by that time there was no longer any forensic evidence or surveillance video," while the woman signed a "waiver of prosecution," which Bitner descibed as "her desire to essentially put it behind her and not have it be splashed all over the newspapers."

Irvin has worked as an analyst for the NFL Network and hosted an ESPN Radio show for the past few years.

The football star has been involved with the police before. In 1996, he pleased no contest to cocaine possession; in 2000 and 2005, he was arrested on more drug charges. Irvin actually competed on season nine of Dancing with the Stars, as well.

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When Casey James auditioned for American Idol in Denver, he was asked to remove his shirt. The judges, especially Kara DioGuardi and Victoria Beckham, wanted to take a close look at this contestant.

If only producers had done the same.

Radar Online reports that James has a criminal background and has actually served time in county jail. His offenses include: driving while intoxicated, driving with an invalid license and reckless driving.

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In November 2001, the aspiring singer pled guilty to reckless driving, was fined $200 and spent 30 days in jail.

Then, in December 2002, he was arrested for DUI and operating a vehicle with an invalid license. He pled guilty again and was sentenced to 105 total days in jail.

Does this make Casey a bad person? Of course not. But you'd think American Idol would avoid featuring any contestant with a criminal record, even if he does have a body that DioGuardi and Beckham openly swooned over.

James isn't the only rumored semifinalist with a scandalous past. Todrick Hall came under fire a few years ago for possibly scamming a few families out of thousands of dollars.

Should Idol cut James loose? You tell us.

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Last month, Monica Leon - aka "Danger" - accused Ray J of being gay. But that isn't the only firestorm she's started this year.

Literally!

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According to TMZ, the former For the Love of Ray J finalist has been detained by police, following a fire in her Hollywood apartment. She appears to be a suspect in an arson investigation.

Why would Danger start a fire? It's unclear. Why would she get a tattoo on her face?

Here's what went down: the L.A. City Fire Department responded to a 911 call from Danger's complex at approximately 2:15 p.m. yesterday. When police arrived, the fire had been extinguished, but arson investigators were called anyway.

Due to evidence at the scene, authorities took Danger into custody pending further investigation. She's being held under a 72-hour watch.

In December, Monica was placed in a 5150 psychiatric hold after an incident involving her newborn daughter.

She's not exactly at the level or Ryan Jenkins, but maybe, just maybe, it's time for VH1 to re-evaluate its reality TV shows and how it screens - or, clearly, fails to screen - its contestants.

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The latest issue of Sports Illustrated dubs Lindsey Vonn as "America's Best Woman Skier Ever."

If any controversy were to arise over this issue, you'd think this statement would be the cause. But there's no room for debate, considering Vonn is the first U.S. woman to win back-to-back overall World Cup championships.

Instead, Vonn's pose is creating a stir. It's not difficult to see why:

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The question at stake is a common refrain when female athletes are depicted in a sexual manner:

Is this objectifying them, or celebrating them? Is is sexist to highlight Vonn's beauty, or merely the job of any photographer to bring out what's most attractive about a subject?

An editorial on womantalksports.com reports that only 4% of Sports Illustrated covers feature women and these "are more likely than not to be in sexualized poses and not in action - and the most recent Vonn cover is no exception."

Then again, Danica Patrick has never been shy about playing up her sexuality - and it's led to a surge in popularity for her sport and for herself.

SI has clearly tilted the photo above to highlight Vonn's... assets. Is this right or wrong? Do you think the cover shot is sexist?

 

For a contrast, we've posted a photo of Vonn ran by The New York Times this week. Check it out below.

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Former teen idol Leif Garrett was found in possession of heroin earlier this week. That's generally not a positive thing from a legal or health standpoint.

Leif was popped Monday morning in Los Angeles for possession of a controlled substance. Police caught him at the Metrolink station in downtown L.A.

Garrett was taken into custody and placed behind bars.

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Leif Garrett wasn't released until this morning.

According to reports, the 49-year-old was carrying black tar heroin in his shoe when he was arrested. Cops saw him shaking and sweating profusely at the time.

They asked if they could perform a search of his person. At first, Garrett said he didn't have anything on him, but then later admitted he had heroin in his shoe.

Cops seized the drugs and arrested Garrett on the spot, before transporting him to a nearby jail where he stayed behind bars until just a couple of hours ago.

Garrett was released on $10,000 bail and is due back in court February 24.

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Mel Gibson did not take too kindly to questioning from a Chicago TV reporter yesterday and hurled an insult at him once he thought the camera was off.

It was not.

A frustrated Mel was on WGN-TV promoting his new film, Edge of Darkness, but kept being hit with questions about ... well, you knew it would come up.

Asked about his drunk, anti-Semitic rampage from 2006 and whether he thinks people view him differently, Mel grew increasingly annoyed via satellite.

After an awkward minute or so, the WGN reporter wrapped up the interview with the actor, told folks to see Mel's movie, and that appeared to be that.

Until Mel, apparently thinking the interview was over, took a swig of his coffee and called the guy an "asshole." Seriously. It's amazing. Check it out:

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Actor Rip Torn was arrested on Friday night for allegedly breaking into a Connecticut bank intoxicated ... and armed with a loaded revolver, obviously.

Torn allegedly forced his way inside the Litchfield Bancorp building, setting off an alarm, state police from the Troop B barracks in North Canaan said.

When the police responded to the alarm around 9:40 p.m. they found Torn "with a loaded revolver and was highly intoxicated," according to officials.

The actor, 78, was taken into custody without incident, and is being held there on a $100,000 cash bond and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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This Rip Torn mug shot is actually from his previous drunk driving arrest in N.Y. State. Still, it's an all-time classic. Look at this guy! Dude, take it easy. Yeesh.

Authorities say Rip will be charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief. Who does this guy think he is, DMX?

He had two previous drunken driven charges against him in New York.

He was acquitted in a 2004 case and, in a second drunk driving case (see above), he pleaded guilty in 2007 to a lesser charge of being ability impaired.

Torn, a resident of Salisbury, Conn., is an award-winning actor in film and theater with more than 50 years of work under his belt. Recently, he has appeared in Dodgeball, August, Happy Tears, The Golden Boys and even TV's 30 Rock.

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According to Jay Photoglou, Gretch Rossi is more than a Real Housewife of Orange County.

She's also a real, giant, big, fat liar, reads a lawsuit filed this week.

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The litigation stems from Rossi and Photoglou's supposed relationship. The photographer says he and Rossi began dating in 2008 and that she told him she was acting as a caregiver to her terminally ill “ex-boyfriend friend, Jeff Beitzel.”

However, once Gretchen landed a spot on the Bravo series, she denied she was involved with Jay and played up her relationship with Betzel.

The lawsuit claims that Rossi was “intimately involved with Photoglou the entire time the show filmed Rossi’s first season” and is charging the spoiled non-housewife for damaging his reputation by calling him a liar, a drunk and a thief. It cites libel and slander and five other counts.

This isn't the first time Gretchen has been involved in a scandal.

She's been caught posing nude online and she's planning a painful singing career. If Photoglou wins his lawsuit, perhaps he can put a gag order on Rossi's vocal chords. Forever.

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Steven Jackson hears a lot of boos as a member of the St. Louis Rams. If he did what he's accused of here, he'll think the abysmal 2009 season was nothing.

The running back is accused of beating up girlfriend Supriya Harris during an "argument" last March - while she was nine months pregnant with his child.

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In a complaint filed with the Las Vegas Police Department, Harris says that Steven Jackson "became enraged and pushed me to the ground, repeatedly."

Harris claims her then-boyfriend, "forcibly grabbed my arm and flung me against the door. I was protect my stomach from the blows, I was 9 mos pregnant."

That's even more messed up than Harris' grammar.

Did Steven Jackson ram Supriya Harris into a door?

Even worse, Supriya Harris claims Jackson "continued to shove me against the door until his nephew ... interceded and yelled, 'uncle, she has a baby, stop.'"

Harris claims she was "bleeding heavily" from wounds she received after she was smashed into a door handle and Jackson took her to a nearby hospital.

There, he instructed her to lie and tell doctors that she was injured from a fall in the shower. Ten days after the incident, Harris gave birth to their son.

According to the complaint, Harris claims she left Steven four months later after he threatened to beat her up again at a music festival in New Orleans.

Jackson and Harris have been arguing over child support payments, with Harris filing documents begging a judge to force Steven Jackson to pay up.

That case is still pending.

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